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Max Porter

Thursday 6th June at 4pm in the bookshop

The author of Grief is the Thing With Feathers and Lanny will be here to sign books, have a cuppa and a chat with anyone who would like to meet him.

The internationally anticipated Lanny was published in March to critical acclaim - chimerical, audacious, strange and wonderful - a song to difference and imagination, to friendship, youth and love. 

Come along to get your book signed and meet the master behind the extraordinary debut that was Grief is the Thing With Feathers.


Greg Kenicer

Tuesday 18th June

Elphinstone Hotel, 7.30pm

Join us in welcoming Dr. Gregory Kenicer, Head of Education at Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, to hear about his book Scottish Plant Lore: An Illustrated Flora. 

Beautifully illustrated with the latest research and the social and natural history of plant lore this book shows us that there is far more to Scotland's plant life than might be imagined.

Scottish Plant Lore is a lavish new book devoted to the history of the folk uses of Scotland's flora down through the centuries. Illustrated with both period and contemporary botanical art as well as photographs from the RBGE Herbarium, it combines some of the latest research with a celebration of the rich social and natural history that has gone before.

Tickets £6, available from Atkinson-Pryce Books


Sara Sheridan

Tuesday 25th June 

Atkinson-Pryce Books, 7.30pm 

Can you imagine a different Scotland, a Scotland where women are commemorated in statues and streets and buildings - even in the hills and valleys? This, Where are the Women: A Guide to an Imagined Scotland, is a guidebook to that alternative nation, where the cave on Staffa is named after Malvina rather than Fingal, and Arthur's Seat isn't Arthur's, it belongs to St Triduana.

Join us in the bookshop to hear Sara share how she re-drew the landscape, creating monuments for more than 1,000 women on sites across Scotland. Clever and complex with meticulous research, illustrative maps and an astounding imagination Sara has manouvered these women into Scotland's landscape today.


Tickets £6, available from Atkinson-Pryce Books


Ruth Hogan

Saturday 6th July 

Elphinstone Hotel, 12.30pm for 1pm start

Here to launch the paperback of her newest book, 'Queen Malone's Paradise Hotel' Ruth Hogan joins us in the Elph for another delicious Literary Lunch.

Bestselling author of 'The Keeper of Lost Things' and 'The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes' this latest novel is an uplifting tale of mothers and daughters, families and secrets and the astonishing power of friendship.

Join us in welcoming Ruth to Biggar for an afternoon of the best in food and books!


Tickets £21, includes lunch and a discount off the book - see the menu and make your choice here

Advance booking is essential to avoid disappointment.


Denzil Meyrick

Thursday 18th July

Biggar Library, 7.30pm

Scottish crime-writer extraordinaire Denzil Meyrick will be in Biggar to tell us about the latest DCI Daley thriller A Breath on Dying Embers

More information to come.



Beyond Borders International Festival 2019

Saturday 24th August - Sunday 25th August at Traquair House, Innerleithen.

Come along to this fascinating festival of literature and thought and pay us a visit in our pop-up bookshop!

Beyond Borders International Festival is a weekend-long event encompassing panel discussions and debates alongside a programme of music, visual and performing arts, film, spoken word, and well-being activities such as meditation, yoga, walks, and cycle rides.

For full information on this event and tickets visit their website here.




It is that time of year again - join us for some fantatsic literary events from 17-27th October 2019





Hang on a tic... It's Just a Minute

Monday 21st October 

Corn Exchange, 7.30pm

It's back! Atkinson-Pryce Books presents this crafty combobulation, this whirligig of wicked wit, this perfect pot-pourri of paronomasia from our peerless panel. And all without repetition, hesitation or deviation... and plenty of laughter.

Tickets £7, will be available from us at Atkinson-Pryce or the BLF Box Office.



Scotlands Women: A Tribute

Author Rosemary Goring and poet Gerda Stevenson in conversation.

Tuesday 22nd October

The Elphinstone, 7.30pm

Rosemary Goring's book Scotland: Her Story and Gerda Stevenson's poetry anthology Quines both look afresh at some of the remarkable women who helped shape Scotland. Come and hear what will be a fascinating discussion between these two remarkable women.

Tickets £7, available from Atkinson-Pryce or the BLF Box Office.





Best of Enemies: The war of words between two great Biggar literary figures Hugh MacDiarmid and Ian Hamilton Finlay

Wednesday 23rd October

Corn Exchange, 7.30pm

Magnus Linklater will chair a discussion between Professor Alan Riach and Professor Stephen Bann of the connections and disconnections between MacDiarmid and Finlay. Not a war of words, but a fascinating inspection of these two controversial and maverick literary giants from the twentieth century Scottish cultural scene. 

We are delighted to host this event which is kindly sponsored by Atlas Winch and Hoist. All proceeds will be shared equally between the charitable trusts of Little Sparta (SC023222) and MacDiarmid's Brownsbank (SC045987)

Tickets £10, available from Atkinson-Pryce or the BLF Box Office.



Morag Hood Workshop 

Saturday 26th October 

Biggar Library, 2pm

Award-winning children's author and illustrator Morag Hood joins us in Biggar Library for story-telling and an illustration workshop. Morag likes making stories, printing, cutting and sticking, and freshly sharpened pencils. Her favourite animal is a duck and her favourite thing to draw are eyebrows!

Morag's unique voice, wry humour and irresistable charm coupled with bold and brilliant illustrations are sure to make this an afternoon of fun for all ages.


This event is free but ticketed, please contact us in the bookshop to reserve yours.







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